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She wrote a song very very personal about her child. Who about her memories about what you you remember from school about. Edulis of gold she continued to tinker with the song and when she was finally satisfied she invited some of her closest friends over to her apartment to hear it and one of them. was live coming highly her friend. We were close friends. Really close friends and my name is leaf coming highly. I was born in Jerusalem for my mother's mother's side. I'm ninth generation in in Israel in Palestine. Leave guys the famous entertainer actress and singer at the time though she was one of the country's leading radio broadcasters I very moving when she sang it and then I said you know both parents were born in the Old City and my father. He dreams about the old city all his life every night. He is in the city of CA- told my mother Nami. This song is not complete. Something is missing. What about the city and then she ended the important part a high of shoe bottom mine same Kika shook like the implicated however by it but you have the how of the cisterns dried up the line goes in the marketplace is empty and no one frequent the Temple Mount in the Old City. It's talking about the emptiness of the of the Old City now remember that this is all before the Six Day War and while Jerusalem's Old City certainly wasn't empty as many critics of the song have since pointed out it it was empty of Jews. It was part of song was ready. Noman Gill began looking for someone someone who could sing it at vep. He's gone and that's how I'm in this story again. A few months earlier eleven year old lily had been and listening to a young talent show on her transistor radio and then year voice like bills like Joan unbiased with a guitar and I called my mother Emma boy. This is the sound Q. Like doc look how she thinks she how beautifully how like something from abroad but so Israeli and my mother said take a paper in a write her name down please in their role tooling. Thun Nami kept that little note with chilies name. Just that's really in case. Maybe she will need some day and now that data come in my mother told. Gil De ma. I have of a singer. She's very very young. I think she's a soldier in the army. She's maybe nineteen. Please find find her for me. Dutifully he did just that he found her Sergeant Shulamit ton who was serving as the Milwaukee realtor Hebrew teaching teaching soldier near Caveat got when my name is Shirley Tan I was born in London and arrived in Israel Israel when I was two and a half years old needless to say Shuli was completely unprepared. When on a cold winter day of February nineteen sixty seven she was summoned to the offices of the regional council where her mother was on the line. She was sure something terrible had happened. In the first thing. My Mother said truly don't volley nothing. Terrible happened at home but sit down on a chair. You Know Michelle wants to meet you. Luckily I sat on a chair because I was so shocked on her. First speaking from the army young surely went to see the ballot dear from Tel Aviv and there she sit on her piano and she plays strongly song for Jerusalem and she said I don't want the orchestra to play with zeal. Just you in the guitar plucked out of total anonymity surely began practicing the thing for what could be her big break her brief moment in the national spotlight. I thought it would give me some exposure but no no no more than that so I had no expectations and everything came as such a surprise. The period leading up to the festival was extremely family stressful. GOLOB Nestle the president of Egypt amassing troops in the Sinai in Israel to began Dan mobilizing forces in calling its reserves a menacing sent of war was in the air and in the middle of all this Bella gun three thousand people gathered in Vienna now mind Jerus- to listen to pop songs the song that actually competed in the festival were a letdown the paper the next day would describe them as third rate imitations of the nineteen fifty three San Ramo festival but when the votes were being counted surely with her long black hair and white knit address took the stage with her guitar Shouli John Marshall Ashir Euros shall I shall have. I was very nervous like leaf in the wind. You know I was very nervous. My main fear was that I will have a blackout and forget forget words but they didn't surely sang of holy places of Jerusalem's glorious past golden future was like a prophecy. It was different. It was shocking. It sounds like the bells of Jerusalem. It's almost a holy song..